The Chhattisgarh government is planning to direct the security forces to avoid public transport because this mode appears to be the most vulnerable to Maoist attacks.
“We are working (on issuing an order) that the security personnel should not travel by public transport,” Dantewada District Collector Reena B. Kangale told HT.
The police personnel made a mistake by taking this mode, Kangale said.
Dantewada Assistant Superintendent of Police Abhishek Sandilya said that under the standard operation procedures, the security personnel had always been advised not to use civilian vehicles.
A bus carrying special police officers (SPOs), police constables and civilians was blown up on Monday on the Dantewada-Sukama road, around 550 km south of Raipur.
The vehicle was mangled and several bodies were mutilated.
The attack comes a month after an onslaught in the Maoist stronghold led to the death of 75 Central Reserve Police Force troopers and a state police constable.
About 100 SPOs had gone to a nearby forest in the area on May 15 for an anti-Maoist operation. Some of them were returning by the bus.
SPOs are not in regular employment. Around 3,000 of them are in Chhattisgarh, deployed in the Maoist hotbed of the Bastar region.